|In the early 1950s, Volkswagen was producing its economy car the Beetle. With an increase in post-war standards of living, executives at Volkswagen proposed adding a range topping car to its model range, contracting with German coachbuilder Karmann for its manufacture. Karmann in turn contracted the Italian firm Ghia, who adapted styling themes previously explored for other manufacturers .
In contrast to the Beetle’s machine-welded body with bolt-on fenders, the Karmann Ghia’s body panels were butt-welded, hand-shaped, and smoothed with English pewter in a time-consuming process commensurate with higher-end manufacturers, resulting in the Karmann Ghia’s higher price.
The design and prototype were well received by Volkswagen executives and production agreement was made.
This stunning Grey example was supplied to the USA in 1968 and has benefitted from living in a mild climate for the past 47 years having never been restored.
She was bought in Los Angeles earlier thie year and had been part exchanged against a new Porsche.
Gentle recommissioning has been carried out including new clutch, full brake system rebuild, exhaust etc.
She has a delightful originality with interior trim,carpets and headlining surviving the years well.
On the road she drives strongly with a gutsy 1500cc engine providing plenty of performance and very crisp handling from the tight chassis.
These Coupes are becoming rare in excellent condition and are still good value for such a great looking 1960s car.